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As a special treat for Nick Studios Online, I’d like to write about one of my personal favorite (and one of the most underrated) Nick shows shot in Orlando: The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo.
During Mat Klickstein’s Slimed! book launch event, I caught up with Alan Goodman. If you’re not familiar with that name, I suggest you run straight to your local library or Wikipedia page for some serious Nick and MTV education. Alan helped brand MTV with Fred Seibert, and they both stayed with the Viacom family of networks to produce and write awesome shows for Nick (Alan in particular worked on Hey Dude, Clarissa Explains It All, and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo). I met Alan in 2010 working for Fred at Next New Networks (now The YouTube Next Lab and Audience Development Group) as a production intern. He happened to be visiting the Frederator office one late summer afternoon while I was there sorting through some Fairly OddParents tapes. At the time, Shelby Woo was being rerun on a Romanian satellite station, and he was so shocked that anyone was still talking about his show 10+ years later. Since then, I we had corresponded over email with me sending him various Shelby Woo newspaper clippings and scripts, whatever I could find on the show. You would be surprised, there isn’t a lot of information about the show online, and this was before Nick released seasons one and two on iTunes. But beyond an email or two a year, we were out of touch.
So, back to the event. Alan and I were talking about his shows, and I said I was surprised that there was no mention of Shelby Woo in Mat's book. Alan said that Mat thought that Shelby Woo was after what he defined as Nick's “golden age,” to which Alan responded "we taped season one the year after we wrapped Clarissa!" Alan also told me about a hilarious Hey Dude script written just after the show finished taping for the wrap party filled with jokes and general shenanigans.
A few weeks after the event, Alan sent me an email asking for my address. A package from him arrived last week, and I was blown away by its contents:
A 2001 Kids Choice Awards nominee plaque for the Los Angeles Lakers is also pictured. That wasn't from Alan, and is a story for another article.
He also included a note:
"Hi Josh -
Please enjoy this set of exclusive crew gifts from Shelby Woo.
The Henley collar shirt is from Season One.
Season Two, they felt guilty about beating me up on the pick-up, so they sprang for the thick, weighty hoodies.
Season Three was my strike-shortened year in Florida, so there wasn't a gift.
Season Four in Montreal, they made the long sleeve grey Polo shirts. As an extra gift, I bought everyone the hats that say "Fourth" in French and Woo Crew [on the back], to celebrate the French Canadian cultural diversity.
I didn't keep much in the way of props from the show, but I kept this police shirt. When we got to Orlando, we called the Cocoa Beach Police to see what we could do about getting something similar to Cocoa Beach Police attire. They told us we were in luck - they had just had their uniforms redesigned and new ones purchased, so they gave us everything we needed for the show. That's an actual CB Police shirt, and it was real wardrobe from the show. (Isaac Singleton played one of our recurring police officers at the station. You can also see him as the air marshal in the Adam Sandler movie "Anger Management," among many other movies.)
Thanks for being such a fan.
I hope you all enjoy this bit of Shelby Woo trivia as much as I did. I don't know of anyone who worked on Shelby Woo who still has their crew wrap gifts at all, nevertheless in this condition. That grey Polo is still sealed!
Alan and I are currently trying to dig out the original Shelby Wink pilot (starring Jenna Leigh Green instead of Irene Ng), the wrap party Hey Dude script, and more original Shelby Woo tapes/storyboards.
Thanks to Elijah for giving me the opportunity to share some of my Nick collection!
Josh is a senior at Columbia University studying computer science. He has had the opportunity to work with many of the executives behind 80s, 90s, and 00s Nickelodeon, and received and acknowledgement in Mat Klickstein’s “Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age” for his support. He is an avid Nickelodeon collector with hundreds of items in his collection, from studio master videotape, to scripts, and even awards. You can follow him on twitter @JALsnipe
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